On this occasion he launched the National Repository of Open Education Resources (NROER). Addressing the Conference he said that the school education has in the recent times witnessed immense growth. Having promised our children the right to education, leveraging technology is important to expand school system.
The Minister of State for HRD, Dr. Shashi Tharoor said that Ministry of Human Resource Development is continuously working towards inclusiveness of Education.
In order to make education inclusive, the use of ICT would be quite beneficial. Although technology may not replace the teacher yet it will make teaching more attractive.
The Secretary for Higher Education Mr. Ashok Thakur said that ICT initiative is not only promoting school but teachers as well as students also. He said that at present we are connecting 400 Universities and 20,000 Colleges through ICT highways.
The Secretary for School Education and Literacy Mr. Rajarshi Bhattacharya said that ICT which is developed by NCERT will improve teaching quality at school level.
Over 200 delegates from the Government, NGOs and the private sector are participating in a two-day Conference in Delhi.
The National Conference brings together a variety of stakeholders- policy leaders, practitioners, researchers, implementation agencies and developers of content to examine the policy in the light of their insights and impressions, identifying gaps in the system and suggesting a roadmap for implementing the policy.
The Conference aims to evolve a roadmap for using ICT into schools and help teachers and children make best use of the opportunities that ICTs provide.
Based on National Curriculum Framework, the ICT Curriculum for teachers and students intends to provide a holistic introduction to ICT in education.
The National Repository is a collaborative platform which proposes to bring together the best of digital resources for different subjects domains, across different stages of the school system and in different languages.
Some of the issues to be taken by the Conference are ICT for education : Exploring the potential; Implementing the national policy on ICT for school education in India : Challenges and Issues; Showcasing ICT practices - Going Beyond computer Literacy; Showcasing ICT practices - learning from state/ BOOT partners/NGO Experience; e-Governance Mission Mode programme in school education.
This Conference is being organized by MHRD and NCERT.